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Midterm Elections 2018: Treason or Hypocrisy?

Do you prefer treason or hypocrisy? This is a question many Americans will answer when voting in the 2018 midterm elections. Personally, I’m struggling; I’m keenly aware of what’s at stake here. I voted. But here’s the deal, I don’t give away votes.

The Democratic Party

There are serious problems in the Democratic party, the party:

  • Fails — abysmally — to meaningfully act on behalf of the poor and people of color.
    • As a bi-racial millennial woman, I need to remind the Democratic Party: We are NOT your pawns.
  • Needs to grow some balls — the holier than thou approach is ineffective and condescending.
  • Fails to acknowledge the hypocrisy permeating the Party.
  • Must stop suggesting ‘racism’ is unique to republicans.
    • While some republicans are racists, so too are some democrats.
    • Racism is alive and well in both Parties.

[WellCare Health Plans Paid For My Silence]

Trump’s Republican Party

There are profoundly disturbing facts about Trump’s Republican party, the party:

  • Consistently violates laws and administrative codes of ethics.
  • Engages is blatant racist, bigoted and divisive rhetoric (among other things).
  • Lies, cheats and uses deceptive practices.
    • To be clear, the lies and deceptive practices will — irreparably — harm many republicans (and people in general). It will however, take time to realize their detrimental impact.
  • Russia…Enough said.
  • Has taken — quantifiable —action to prevent Native Americans, poor people, African-Americans, and other social groups from voting (which is a right of American citizenship, with some exceptions).

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Key Takeaway

With regard to America’s electoral system and democratic processes, They are not sustainable and certainly not ideal. Elections and government actions have consequences. Americans deserve better because the decisions made by government officials impact the realities we face everyday.

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Olivia P. Walker is a public affairs strategist, campaign consultant, and writer. She launched O.W.B Public Affairs Digest in 2017.  Most recently, Olivia served as governance consultant for the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.  Prior to these roles, Olivia worked as government affairs and public policy analyst for WellCare Health Plans, a Fortune 500 health insurer.

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Olivia holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Florida School of Public Affairs. In 2016, Olivia was duly initiated into Pi Alpha Alpha, the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and a member of the ASPA Section on Public Law and Administration. Olivia also holds a Graduate Certificate in Globalization Studies. The certificate is a specialized graduate-level credential reflecting knowledge of the most up-to-date research on globalization.


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WellCare Health Plans Paid For My Silence: Legal Doc Included

 

Yesterday I broke my silence. WellCare Health Plans paid for my silence after violating state and federal employment laws. The agency also falsified official company documents. I broke my silence because I stand with and for all people affected by discrimination in professional settings. I stand with and for racial minorities, women of all races, members of the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, the disabled, and all people regardless of race who are over the age of 40 and denied their right to realize the American Dream.

Low Hanging Fruit

I stand with and for the white Republicans — the low hanging fruit — who are casualties in WellCare’s sordid attempt to CYA subsequent to my taking a stand. To be clear, I am black and white equally. Moreover, not all Republicans are racists.

WellCare Health Plans: Compromised Integrity

I posted the following video on LinkedIn yesterday.

I am bi-racial; my mother’s side is Dutch and French, my father’s side is African-American. My bi-racial identity subjected me to inhumane and illegal treatment at WellCare. Fortunately (and unfortunately), I have documentation that explicitly enumerates the ways in which my association with a protected class gave impetus to illegal treatment.

 

Employee further acknowledges and agrees that a breach by her of any of the provisions of Sections 5, 6, 7, or 8 of this Agreement will cause immediate and irreparable injury to CHMI, for which injury there is no adequate remedy at law.

Paying For Silence

To be clear, I am not responsible for causing  “immediate and irreparable injury to WellCare by breaching Sections 5, 6, 7, or 8 of this Agreement.”

Accountability

WellCare… You did this. For example, before I started graduate school,  I managed the case management part of a DOL-funded STEM initiative for at-risk youth. The program operated out of a Hillsborough County (Florida) public school. On many occasions, program participants expressed anger when teachers suspended them from school.

In such instances I would remind program participants they got suspended because of their actions. The same concept is applicable to WellCare. Before the agency found out about my association with a protected class, which is when the falsification of company documents (and other illegal acts) began, I:

(1) won awards from senior and executive leadership;

(2) took part in an agency (invite only) program designated for high performers;

(3) created the first tool in the Public Policy and Government Affairs Departments’ history to quantify the state policy team’s outputs;

(4) received many accolades for my collaborative skills;

(5) played crucial roles/lead mission critical projects;

(6) received many accolades for my volunteer work for the agency; and

(7) received  many attestations — from managers to senior leaders — speaking to the quality and value added of my work.

The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have documentation to substantiate these claims. I have provided a copy of the incriminating severance agreement and other documents below.

The Severance Agreement & Burden on Tax Payers

WellCare is a Fortune 500 government-sponsored health insurer. Meaning, the agency generates its revenue from government contracts. Furthermore, my attorney let me know:

  • He has a long history with WellCare (more on this to come).
  • The agency employs staff for the sole purpose of monitoring the social media accounts of discrimination victims.
  • WellCare pays employees for their silence in bi-weekly installments to make sure victims do not show their abuse on social media. If victims do, they are no longer entitled to the payments as enumerated in the contract.
WellCare pays discrimination victims in installments to prevent victims from revealing abuses online
WellCare Health Plans Pays For Silence: This is what a hush money contract looks like. My name is Olivia. P. Walker and I will not be silenced.
WellCare Health Plans Pays For Silence: This is what a hush money contract looks like.

 

 

 

Lets Talk About It

  1. As a government-sponsored health care provider,  do American tax-payers fund the millions of dollars WellCare spends to silence their victims? If so
  2. Perhaps America’s lawmakers need to revise and/or introduce legislation to mitigate such unacceptable practices? Moreover, let’s not forget about regulation(s) or the lack thereof that enable these practices to continue.

While I enjoyed traveling for six-months — which I was able to do because of the hush money payments — I don’t think it is fair that hard-working Americans paid for my travels. Finally, if this is the case, I find it appalling that hard-working Americans have to pick up the tab for the illegal acts of Fortune 500 companies.

What Gets Measured Gets Managed

I share this agreement with the goal of empowering others to do the same. By sharing this information we can glean valuable insights about gender pay disparities. Further, by sharing these legal agreements we can quantify the extent and scope of other discriminatory practices.  Without this data, allegations of discrimination are anecdotal (which is the point).

If you believe you are a victim of ageism, ableism, sexism, sexual harassment, racism, discrimination based on your membership in the LGBTQ community or as a religious minority, feel free to Get in Touch. I am more than happy to offer resources and guidance as proper. Unfortunately, I am effective in this area.

Message To WellCare Health Plans

In the event you attempt to take legal action, remember:

1. The agreement is invalid and unenforceable (e.g., fraud, etc.).

2. I have hundreds of documents proving you falsified official company documents after learning I am bi-racial (and not 100 percent White). But you know that.

3. I  sent the documents via email to the proper persons/entities to assure the documents are subject to state public records laws and federal FOIA policy. Meaning, WellCare can attempt to silence me but cannot prevent the truth from getting out. 

4. Most notable, WellCare’s history of fraud, lack of integrity and ethics, and  patterns and practices of discrimination is well documented.

  • For readers unfamiliar with WellCare Health Plans, do a Google search. Enter the following terms: WellCare SEC violations, WellCare racism, WellCare discrimination, and WellCare fraud.

5. Finally, I’d rather die in poverty, be murdered for exposing the truth, or rot in jail for exposing WellCare’s egregious law violations than remain silent.  Millions of Americans are illegally denied access to fair, safe and equal employment opportunities.

 


About Olivia P. Walker

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Olivia P. Walker is a public affairs strategist, writer and launched O.W.B Public Affairs. Prior to these roles, Olivia served as governance consultant for the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. Before that, she served as government affairs and public policy analyst for WellCare Health Plans, a Fortune 500 health insurer. Olivia is a graduate of the University of South Florida School of Public Affairs. She graduated from the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in 2015 with a 3.92 GPA.

 

Olivia was duly initiated into Pi Alpha Alpha, the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration in November 2016. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Globalization Studies. The certificate is a specialized graduate-level credential reflecting knowledge of the most up-to-date research on globalization. Olivia is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and a member of the ASPA Section on Public Law and Administration.
 
 

 
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FDA Approves First Generic Drug Under New Approval Pathway

 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic drug under a new approval pathway today.

FDA Approves First Generic Drug Under New Approval Pathway

The FDA granted approval of potassium chloride oral solution USP to Apotex Inc., a global pharmaceutical company that produces both generic and novel drugs. Potassium chloride is an oral treatment for patients at risk for low potassium blood levels. Importantly, the products approved today are the first generics to receive a Competitive Generic Therapy (CGT) designation. Also notable, the drug application received approval during the first review cycle.  The following two potassium chloride oral solutions are approved:

  1. Potassium chloride oral solution USP, 10% (20 mEq/15 mL) and
  2. Potassium chloride oral solution USP,20% (40 mEq/15 mL).

What is a Competitive Generic Therapy Designation?

The Reauthorization Act of 2017 gives the FDA authority to name a drug as a Competitive Generic Therapy if there is inadequate generic competition for that drug. The CGT  designation is a new drug approval pathway. The FDA’s use of CGT is a strategy to speed up the development and review of generic drug products.  Further, the aim of CGT is increasing competition in the generic drug market.

Inadequate Generic Competition

Inadequate generic competition means ‘that not more than one approved drug in the active section of the publication Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations’ exists. The Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations publication is popularly called the Orange Book. The Orange Book identifies drug products approved by the FDA based on safety and effectiveness.

 

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FDA Competitive Generic Therapy Designation: Terms and Conditions

The accelerated implementation of CGT is part of the FDA’s plan to lower the amount of money Americans pay for medicine.

Today’s approval marks the successful implementation of a new program designed to encourage generic drug development for products with inadequate generic competition. FDA Commissioner Gottlieb

The FDA wants to increase competition in the generic drug market. On top of that, the FDA wants to cut drug prices. Accordingly, the CGT approval pathway reduces the time it takes for generic drugs to reach the market. CGT lessens the required drug review cycles during drug review processes. The following provides  important information about the CGT designation. Note: bulleted text taken directly from today’s press release.

  • Applicants for drugs that receive a CGT designation may receive review enhancements and expedited review of their Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDA).
  • Applicants for drugs that receive a CGT designation are also eligible for a 180-day period of marketing exclusivity if they are the first approved applicant for that CGT and meet certain other conditions.
  • Under a special forfeiture rule for CGTs, the applicant must commercially market the CGT within 75 days after the date of approval of its ANDA or it will forfeit its exclusivity.
  • The agency requires ANDA applicants to demonstrate that all aspects of their drug product meet the FDA’s rigorous approval standards that ensure an equivalent, high quality, safe and effective generic medicine.
  • As with brand-name drugs, the FDA reviews manufacturing and packaging facilities for generic drugs to ensure they are capable of consistently producing quality products.

The FDA also approved a new cancer treatment today. 

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Patient-Brokering: Opioid Addicts Are Commodities in High Demand

Patient-Brokering|Opioid addicts are commodities in high demand. Patient-brokering describes the $1 billion industry that puts a price tag on the lives of people seeking opioid addiction treatment.

What is Patient-Brokering?

Patient-brokering is when drug rehab centers or sober homes pay people and other third-parties (known as patient-brokers) for referring patients to their establishments. In patient-brokering schemes, people with opioid addictions — and their families —  think the establishments are medically proper.  This is not the case.

The substance abuse addiction treatment centers and sober homes that use patient-brokers are solely focused on profiting off insured opioid addicts. And the patient-brokers who recruit opioid addicts for the treatment facilities are solely focused on profiting from insured opioid addicts.

Patient-Brokering Facts

  1. Patient-brokering is a booming $1 billion industry.
  2. People with opioid addictions get bought and sold online and in person.
  3. Patient-brokering stems from the opioid epidemic.
  4. The actions of federal and state government officials have and continue to fuel the patient-brokering phenomenon.
  5. Patient-brokering is an unintended consequence of capitalism.

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O.W.B Public Affairs Digest Home Image Meet Olivia P. Walker
Olivia P. Walker is a public affairs strategist, campaign consultant, and writer. Most recently, Olivia served as governance consultant for the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. Before that, Olivia worked as government affairs and public policy analyst for WellCare Health Plans, a Fortune 500 health insurer. Olivia holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Florida School of Public Affairs. In 2016, Olivia was duly initiated into Pi Alpha Alpha, the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and a member of the ASPA Section on Public Law and Administration. Olivia also holds a Graduate Certificate in Globalization Studies. The certificate is a specialized graduate-level credential reflecting knowledge of the most up-to-date research on globalization.

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